Sometimes I like to sit where I normally walk. I don’t know why but i enjoy the fresh perspective. Currently I’m sitting in my underwear, with a shirt on in the middle of my upstairs hallway. You notice things that I don’t normally notice and it seems to be quieter down here (it could be because my house is empty right now).
Firstly let me say that I doubt I will be updating this blog as much as I have been. But this blogging thing is new to me and I find myself approaching everything with philosophical eyes in order for me to have something to blog. I suspect most of the things I see aren’t as exciting as I think.
Anyway, so my last blog received many, many comments on the facebook note it was originally in. FYI, this is the first blog to be exclusive to wordpress. I found the perspectives interesting that people brought and felt it necessary to go into more detail about whether or not we need to be changed or authentic. This is not the blog for that. I will address it again, I think…Well I hope.
The comment that has really gotten me though was one of the last ones by my Auntie. This is a lady that I love, respect and admire. It could be because we are very similar, however I believe it’s because she is, and has always been amazing and LOVING to me. She is a cancer survivor, and has faced many trials. I suspect they (her husband and family) have gone through times in their lives where they weren’t sure what was next. However, she never appeared to give up her faith! If she did, I don’t blame her, but I gotta say she never showed the chink in her armor. She, as I have said is an amazing woman, and someone I love very much. She is also very wise.
Her comment on my last blog was “I think we complicate Christianity…love God, love others above yourself. When we do that…the rest works itself out!” My brain went on overdrive as I read that. I know I know. It’s simple, and even Jesus said that these two things are the most important commandments and principles. Mark 12:27-28.
If they are so simple why can’t we do it? Imagine if everything we did was out of love? There would be no war, no sin, no hurt, no divorce and the list could literally go on and on. So, after thinking about this and reflecting on some of the great songs by the Beatles and Pearl Jam I found myself wondering what it is inside of us that can’t accept, and or practice the simplicity of our faith. Why do we get wrapped up in the literal vs. parablic (not a word) interpretations of the bible. Why do we care (focus is probably a better word) on the different levels of the Holy Spirit, manifestations and other things.
Imagine going to a church where all they focused on was loving each other and God. Imagine a sermon that every week challenged you to love even more then you thought possible. I bet we wouldn’t have a lack of volunteers. I bet our budgets would always be met. I bet the politics would go to the way side and our Pastors could run the church as God has lead them. There would be no hidden agendas, or attitudes and opinions. There would be true community! And we could finally do away with denominations and the devisive things we have created because ours is better or more right. In reflecting as I write I think Jesus probably had it the rightest (also not a word), don’t you? But, we can’t seem to accept that simplicity.
It’s a strange thing us humans do. Does it come out of selfishness? For example, have you ever heard of a friend or relative doing something that you wouldn’t have done? I have, and the first thing I do is say “Why would they do that? They should have planned better? I would never do that!” Why do I care? If they want to go into debt, or if they want to adopt twins what difference does it make, the question should be how can I love and support them! And do you know the reason the Apostolic church and the Pentecostal church split to become their own denominations? Man, the reason doesn’t matter, especially if you are be obeying Christ’s commandments because we’d go to Heaven anyway. Once saved always saved vs. the backsliders just doesn’t have any weight if we were doing faith right.
Love, man it’s a simple concept but so freakin hard. I think I’m going to try and make my faith simple again. My first objective is to read only the gospels for lent. I think, and hope that I can find everything I need to live as Christ wanted me to in there.
So does the world want to see us changed, or authentic… You will see what I think soon but honestly, I think people just wants to be loved. In my experience loving people can really save you a lot of pain. As I’ve alluded, I’m very close to being offensive to everyone. I’ve seen people do things not even close to the level of ridiculousness that I have done and seen a level of judgment bestowed upon them that I did not receive. I never understood it. Is it because they don’t expect more from me? I doubt it. I think it’s because I love them, and the relationship I have with them allows for grace. See, that’s the beauty of it. You love, and they love you back.
You want an opportunity to share your faith. Love. If you want to go to Heaven. Love.
I look forward to the next blog as we go into some detail about changed vs. authentic, but until then let’s love better then we’ve ever loved. In the words of Eddie Vedder. “Love Boat Captain take the reigns, steer us towards the clear. I know it’s already been sung. Can’t be said enough. All you need is love.”
So thanks Auntie for reminding us that all we need is Love.
Let’s be a gracious to others as we are to ourselves. Cheers friends. Go and love someone!